AZ – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Stand Up Live Comedy Theater on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

Get tickets here…

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

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Stand Up Live Comedy Theater
50 W Jefferson St, Ste 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(480) 719-6100

Scene and Reviewed: Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season

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TNT’s Epic Drama Falling Skies Wages Its Final Battle On Blu-Ray and DVD Feb. 2, 2016

Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season and Falling Skies: The Complete Series Debut with Hours of Exclusive Content, a Lapel Pin and Collector’s Coin

Growing up, television during the warmer months was a time to catch up on your favorite series. Reruns were everywhere. Then, we were bombarded with reality shows. Thankfully, though, TNT changed the game for everyone by introducing exciting new programs that would have us eagerly anticipating the summer. The network has produced hit after hit over the years, but for me this one was a stand-out. Here’s what you need to know about Falling Skies:

“Falling Skies – TNT’s epic alien-invasion saga from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg – will land on Blu-ray™ and DVD Feb. 2 for the final time. All 10 action-packed episodes of Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season will be available as a two-disc Blu-ray™ release and a three-disc DVD set. The fifth season set features farewell interviews with the cast and crew, including Noah Wyle, Colin Cunningham, Doug Jones and more, as well as “A Look Back,” an exclusive group interview with Doug Jones, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter.

Falling Skies chronicles the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion that leaves most of the world completely deliberated. Noah Wyle stars as college professor Tom Mason, who becomes an unlikely resistance leader following the alien attack. As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms. And after four years of being tortured, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth. Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 on Blu-Ray and $39.99 on DVD.”

We watched Falling Skies from the premiere episode and never missed a week. For a television show, I was always impressed with the visual effects which were comparable to those of full-length feature films. Though, I admit that every season had at least one lull point for me in which things moved a bit slow, overall Falling Skies maintained a steady pace and nice balance between action and suspense. There were a few nods to alien invasion films of the past, but I suppose the saying ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ holds some truth.

Wyle portrays the everyman-turned-soldier Tom with the sort of passion you’d expect from a parent protecting his children. The supporting cast of recognizable character actors are suitably put through the wringer both physically and emotionally. But, if season five’s stand-out belongs to John Pope, played to psychotic perfection by Colin Cunningham. Pope is Tom’s antagonist from the very start, sometimes more so than the actual aliens. Fearing humanity is a mainstay of dystopian and apocalyptic stories, don’t you think? Throughout the series we witness Pope transform from bad to good and back again. Desperation and loss of hope allow Cunningham to shine in this role. I was actually disappointed with how quickly the writers wrapped up the final season, as I could have watched Pope’s journey continue longer.

Falling Skies is a top notch sci-fi adventure for all to enjoy!

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Here are some clips from their WonderCon panel:

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“Since premiering as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 15 original dramas with total viewers and key adult demos. In its fifth season, more than 12.6 million people tuned in to watch the first six episodes, and the show ranked among basic cable’s Top 5 programs with key adult and male demos.”

Falling Skies is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with David Eick.

For fans looking to have the entire series in one complete set, the Falling Skies: The Complete Series 10-disc Blu-ray and 15-disc DVD box set will feature the entire 52-episode series run. In addition, the box set will package hours of bonus content including behind-the-scenes features, commentaries, character interviews and “Inside the Episodes,” plus WonderCon and Comic-Con 2014 panel features. Both the Blu-ray and DVD release of the complete series include a special collector’s coin on-pack, and the Blu-ray also features an exclusive lapel pin. Falling Skies: The Complete Series will be available for the suggested price of $139.99 on Blu-ray and $129.98 on DVD.

Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season Basics

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Feature Running Time: 440 minutes

SRP for Two-Disc Blu-ray Set: $49.99

SRP for Three-Disc DVD Set: $39.98

Audio: English
Rating: TV-14-DLSV

Blu-ray UPC Code: 883929523924

Blu-ray Catalog #: 1000585785

DVD UPC Code: 883929523931

DVD Catalog #: 1000585786

Falling Skies: The Complete Series Basics

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Feature Running Time: 2,228 minutes

SRP for Ten-Disc Blu-ray Set: $139.99

SRP for Fifteen-Disc DVD Set: $129.98

Audio: English
Rating: TV-14-DLSV

Blu-ray UPC Code: 883929524174

Blu-ray Catalog #: 1000586192

DVD UPC Code: 883929523962

DVD Catalog #: 1000585793

About TNT

TNT is basic cable’s #1 network. Seen across multiple platforms in 94 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles and the upcoming Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and The Alienist. TNT also features the unscripted investigation series Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Castle, Bones, Supernatural and Grimm; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the Live Nation Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

TNT is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 

NJ – An Evening w/ Kevin Smith

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Writer/director Kevin Smith appears at the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Get tickets at the link!

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Stress Factory Comedy Club
90 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 8901
732-545-4242

CA – Pretty Happy Signing

0000000-kate-hudsonActress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Barnes & Noble on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body.

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What’s your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don’t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase “Pretty Happy” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 22nd at 9am

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

MoCCA Art Fest 2016 Announces Guests of Honor

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. They are:

* Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award)

* R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author.

* Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name.

* Sonny Liew, whose graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was censured by the National Arts Council of Singapore and is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.

* Rebecca Sugar, creator of the quietly radical animated cartoon series Steven Universe.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place on April 2 – 3rd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at our brand new location at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave.).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor will be available in future announcements.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

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Cece Bell
Children’s book author and illustrator Cece Bell attended the College of William and Mary where she studied Art History, and later attended Kent State University, earning a graduate degree in illustration and design. Her colorful, fun and quirky drawings can be found in her best-selling books Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Crankee Doodle, Bug Patrol, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, and the Sock Monkey series. In 2015, Bell received the Newbery Medal Honor for her graphic novel El Deafo, a story based on her own experiences growing up deaf.

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R.O. Blechman
R.O. Blechman is a multiple award-winning and influential animator, illustrator, children’s book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist. His many books include the groundbreaking 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady and the forthcoming Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet. His work in animation includes The Soldier’s Tale and unforgettable advertisements for products like Alka Seltzer. He has received multiple recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cartoonists Society in 2011, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2012. His work has been shown at The Norman Rockwell Museum, The School of Visual Arts, and MoMA.

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Phoebe Gloeckner
Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures received notable recognition as well as controversy for its honest portrayal of teenage sexuality with themes of drug use and childhood traumas. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), Malinky Robot and titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his collaborations on The Shadow Hero, Wonderland, and Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

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Rebecca Sugar
Animator, composer and director Rebecca Sugar’s groundbreaking career started as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. She later went on to create the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, and became the first woman to independently create a series for that network. She has received numerous Emmy and Annie Award nominations for her work on both series.

About the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

NYC – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Monday February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

Special Instructions
Must provide proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on the day of the event. No memorabilia. More information coming soon.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

MN – Pretty Happy Signing

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Actress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Mall of America on Sunday February 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Details at the link…

Mall of America
118 E. Broadway Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
952-854-1455

NYC – Spider-Man/Deadpool Signing

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Writer Joe Kelly appears at Comic Book Jones on Wednesday February 10th from 3:30 till 7:00 PM! It has been a few years since Joe has been to CBJ. Right now he is writing Spider-Man/Deadpool. The day of the signing is when the 2nd printing to #1 and issue #2 come out!

Some other great books that Joe has written are: Big Hero 6, I Kill Giants, Four Eyes, JLA, Amazing Spider-Man, Ben 10, Deadpool, Bad Dog, Action Comics, Green Lantern: Legacy, etc.

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Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

Steel City Con 2016 Announces Guests

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Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 15 – April 17, 2016 with guests including Scott Wilson, Drea de Matteo, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Barbara Eden, Kristanna Loken, David Prowse, Jon Heder, Julie Benz, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace, Shirley Jones, Erik Estrada, Mick Foley, Sandahl Bergman, Terry Kiser, Eddie Deezen, and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center.  It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables,  artist alley, and celebrity guests.  At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

CA – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM to celebrate his new book “Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man.” Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life. Don’t miss this Very Special Event!

This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase “Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 18th at 9:00 am.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

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